August 7, 2017

The Dead Poet’s Society…

In the film Dead Poet’s Society Robin William plays John Keating, a literature professor. An iconic role for Williams, he poses this question to his class at an all boys prep academy:

“Language was invented for one endeavor, and that is?…”
(Pointing to one of his students)

“Mr. Anderson? C’mon are you a man or an amoeba?”
(Anderson is an amoeba)

“Mr. Perry?”

Mr. Perry replies: (with a ponder) “To Communicate?”

“No! To Woo Women!”

A rather tongue in cheek declaration to a class filled with adolescent boys. But shortly thereafter he professed the real reason language was invented: “No matter what anybody tells you, Words and Ideas can change the world…” ┬áHe goes on to say: “We don’t read and write poetry because it’s cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion.” ┬áListen and maybe you’ll understand why we believe in, produce and sustain the poets: